The Grand Duchess: Director Garry Marshall's Operatic Debut
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The Grand Duchess
By Jacques Offenbach
The enchanting Frederica von Stade stars as the Grand Duchess, as Hollywood legend Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries) makes his operatic debut.
When the impulsive Grand Duchess sets her sights on a handsome young soldier, she decides that all is fair in love and war. The Grand Duchess melds an effervescent operetta score with sharp comedy in a lively, delightful new adaptation of one of Offenbach’s most popular works.
Offenbach’s giddy souffle of inspired lunacy stars Paul Groves as the unwitting object of the Grand Duchess’ affections. Meanwhile Rod Gilfry, Anthony Laciura and John Cheek are the thwarted rivals who plot to bring down their adversary.
2 hours 45 minutes
One hour before the performance,
Duff Murphy from 91.5 Classical KUSC will lead the pre-performance lectures on September 15, 22 and 25. Kimberlea Daggy from 91.5 Classical KUSC will lead the pre-performance lectures on September 18 and 28 and October 1. (There is no lecture on September 10.)
Frederica von Stade: THE GRAND DUCHESS
Constance Hauman: WANDA
Paul Groves: FRITZ
Anthony Laciura: BARON PUCK
Rod Gilfry: PRINCE PAUL
John Cheek: GENERAL BOUM
Paul Vogt: BARON GROG
Peter Nathan Foltz: NEPOMOUC
Laura Kay Swanson: IZA
Teresa Brown: OLGA
Cynthia Jansen: LILY
Suzanna Guzman: CHARLOTTE
Jason Graae: MR. O
Jan Breslauer: ROYAL DOG HANDLER
Guilford Adams: HENRI
Matt Walker: SERGEANT PIERRE
Beth Kennedy: BRIGITTA
Lorin Shapiro: SIMONE
CONDUCTOR – Emmanuel Villaume
DIRECTOR – Garry Marshall
SET DESIGNER – Heidi Ettinger
COSTUME DESIGNER – Constance Hoffman
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Mary Louise Geiger
CHOREOGRAPHER – Vincent Paterson
DRAMATURG – Jan Breslauer